Every NFL football season I fire up my prediction program. I call it Zoltar. Just for fun, I created a little Zoltar machine that uses speech recognition to speak the results, but really all the work is done behind the scenes.
Anyway, for week 1 of the 2016 NFL season, Zoltar’s predictions are quite close to the Las Vegas betting line. In most of the 16 games, Zoltar agrees with Vegas with regards to which team will simply win the game. The one main exception (Zoltar sometimes predicts a virtual tie game) is that Zoltar believes the Redskins will beat the Steelers but Vegas has the Steelers winning.
Zoltar: panthers by 0 over broncos Zoltar: colts by 5 over lions Zoltar: packers by 1 over jaguars Zoltar: bengals by 0 over jets Zoltar: texans by 6 over bears Zoltar: vikings by 5 over titans Zoltar: seahawks by 6 over dolphins Zoltar: eagles by 6 over browns Zoltar: cardinals by 5 over patriots Zoltar: bills by 0 over ravens Zoltar: giants by 0 over cowboys Zoltar: chiefs by 10 over chargers Zoltar: falcons by 6 over buccaneers Zoltar: saints by 3 over raiders Zoltar: rams by 0 over fortyniners Zoltar: redskins by 1 over steelers
Zoltar recommends betting when the difference between the Zoltar predictions and the Vegas point spread is more than 3 points. For week 1, Zoltar has three suggestions:
Zoltar predicts the Packer will beat the Jaguars by just 1 point but Vegas says the Packers will win by 5.5 points. So, Zoltar recommends betting on the Vegas underdog Jaguars vs. the Packers (you’ll win if the Jaguars win outright or if the Packers win but by less than the Vegas line of 5.5 points).
Zoltar predicts the Seahawks will beat the Dolphins by just 6 points but Vegas says the Seahawks will win by 10.5 points. So, Zoltar recommends betting on the Vegas underdog Dolphins vs. the Seahawks (you’ll win if the Dolphins win outright or if the Seahawks win but by less than the Vegas line of 10.5 points).
Zoltar predicts the Redskins will beat the Steelers by 1 point but Vegas says the Steelers will win by 3.0 points. So, Zoltar recommends betting on the Vegas underdog Redskins vs. the Steelers (you’ll win if the Redskins win outright or if the Steelers win but by less than the Vegas line of 3.0 points).